Sou Fujimoto Architects have revealed their winning design of the New City Centre Landmark; a floating tower on Qianhaiwan district’s bay in Shenzhen, China.
An invite-only competition was held to design a landmark tower in the Qianhaiwan district, an area which has recently seen huge urban and architectural developments. For their design concept, the architecture firm, Sou Fujimoto Architects, considered questions likes ‘what does a new ‘tower’ mean in the 21st century?’, ‘how can a tower evolve while continuing to attract attention, as the Eiffel Tower does?’. Based on these answers and the current urban make-up of the district, the firm proposed a pendant-like structure that resembles a collection of islands, water fountain suspended mid-air, or an aerial city in the future.
Named the Ethereal Tower, it will be 267m high and consist of 99 individual tower-like elements connected to a horizontal plane in the upper part, gradually vanishing as they descent. It is a representation of the future of societies in an age of diversity, as it is both one tower and a collection of towers simultaneously.
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[Image Source: Sou Fujimoto Architects]